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Steven Bannon Owns Painting Of Himself As Napoleon (Photos)

| by David Bonner

Chief Strategist to President Donald Trump Steve Bannon reportedly owns a painting of himself as Napoleon Bonaparte.

Bannon had an oil painting created in the same style as Jacques-Louis David’s famous neo-classical work of the infamous French emperor, reports New York magazine.

The painting was a gift from Nigel Farage, head of the U.K. Independence Party and friend of Trump, reports The Daily Beast.

Although Bannon is reportedly proud to be compared to Napoleon, The Daily Beast humorously notes that fictional mobster Tony Soprano was offended when he was similarly depicted in a painting.  

As History.com explains, Napoleon was a French military leader who crowned himself emperor in 1804 and proceeded to conquer much of Europe in the early 19th century.

The site summarizes his rise and fall:

Shrewd, ambitious and a skilled military strategist, Napoleon successfully waged war against various coalitions of European nations and expanded his empire. However, after a disastrous French invasion of Russia in 1812, Napoleon abdicated the throne two years later and was exiled to the island of Elba. In 1815, he briefly returned to power in his Hundred Days campaign. After a crushing defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, he abdicated once again and was exiled to the remote island of Saint Helena, where he died at 51.

Jacques-Louis David is described as "a highly influential French painter in the Neoclassical style, considered to be the prominent painter of the era," according to JacquesLouisDavid.org.

The site offers a summary of the painter's style and career:

In the 1780s his cerebral brand of history painting marked a change in taste away from Rococo frivolity toward a classical austerity and severity, chiming with the moral climate of the final years of the [ancient] regime. David later became an active supporter of the French Revolution and friend of Maximilien Robespierre, and was effectively a dictator of the arts under the French Republic. Imprisoned after Robespierre's fall from power, he aligned himself with yet another political regime upon his release, that of Napoleon I. It was at this time that he developed his 'Empire style', notable for its use of warm Venetian colours. David had a huge number of pupils, making him the strongest influence in French art of the 19th century, especially academic Salon painting.

David completed 13 paintings of Napoleon. Which one the Bannon painting is patterned after is not revealed.  

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